FOND MEMORIES: Thora Dutney is reunited with the quilts she contributed to in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
FOND MEMORIES: Thora Dutney is reunited with the quilts she contributed to in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Peter Foley

Children's quilts on display at Ipswich Hospital Museum

IT'S a reminder of a simpler, more caring time; a time of hardship when people had to do more with less to help others but didn't let that stop them.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, children as young as seven helped make quilts for the children's ward at Ipswich Hospital.

Each child signed their name and age in stitching under their embroidered picture.

The quilts made in Rosewood, Lowood and other towns were embroidered with MLC (Ministering Children's League).

After being kept by nurses in the ward for decades, the quilts are now on display at the Ipswich Hospital Museum.

Museum volunteer Andrea Harris said amongst its collection are quilts made by children of Rosewood from 1929 to 1932.

This week, volunteers from the museum tracked down one of the children who contributed to the quilts.

Thora Dutney (nee Edwards) was seven in 1929 when she contributed an embroidered patch to a quilt for the children's ward - known as the Sunshine Ward.

Now 94 and at Cabanda retirement village in Rosewood, Mrs Dutney has fond memories of that time.

Several of the museum's committee took the quilts to Cabanda so she could again see her childhood handiwork.

One of five in her family, she grew up in Rosewood and her father had a grocery store near the railway station.

The time when she contributed to the quilt through St Luke's Anglican Church was difficult but Mrs Dutney said wistfully: "It didn't seem too harsh."

 



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